Belarusian Lukashenko orders closure of border with Ukraine — BelTA

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko will give a speech on May 26, 2021 in Minsk, Belarus. (Press conference of the President of the Republic of Belarus / Distribution via Reuters)

Moscow-Belarus leader Alexander Lukashenko ordered a complete closure of the Belarusian border with neighboring Ukraine on Friday for security reasons, BelTA state news agency reported.

Lukashenko told a rally to commemorate the country’s Independence Day that a group of rebels planning to carry out a coup was found in Belarus, BelTA reported.

“A large amount of weapons are coming from Ukraine to Belarus, so I ordered the border guards to completely close the border with Ukraine,” Lukashenko said.

Conflicts with the West of Belarus have recently intensified after scrambling military aircraft to force Ryanair’s flight to land to arrest government critics on board the aircraft. Western nations have condemned the move and imposed sanctions to punish Belarus.

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